In today’s post, CAI’s Peer Learning Recruiter, Jennifer Montalvo, shares how her two sons help inspire her recruiting methods.
My boys have thousands, no, hundreds of thousands of Legos and are continuously looking for the “right piece.” Often, I stand over them baffled that they are arguing about “he got the one I wanted.” I look at the two of them and pan over the vast sea of dumped Legos and reply with, “Really? You’re telling me out of all of these pieces, that’s the only one you need?” The reply, “… but it’s the best one, and it fits where I need it.”
Sometimes all my boys needed to do was look deeper at the structure they were building. They had the power to create whatever it was that they could envision. Many times there was a piece that was overlooked or missed that would fit a.) just as well b.) better or c.) differently. I have learned a lot from this scenario in regard to recruiting. Here are my three takeaways:
Just as well
- Chances are, amongst the thousands of pieces sprayed across the floor, a piece just like the one they were seeking was there. They may have had to look just a bit harder. The lesson being – don’t give up too quickly. After all, the vehicle that initially came out of the Lego box had four wheels!
- After a bit of convincing to “think out of the box” when they couldn’t find the exact same piece, they would come across a piece that actually fit better. They would then find that all the little nodules filled the space and consequently made the foundation of their creation even stronger.
- Sometimes they would relinquish the desired piece to their sibling, and walk away frustrated and disappointed. However, they would often return with a fresh set of eyes and a different perspective. It was then that their structure would evolve into something unique and dynamic that they didn’t initially intend. And, if they were lucky, their structure would outshine and outlast that of their brother’s.
Recruiting is much like my children playing with Legos. Sometimes you have to look beyond your initial idea, thought or plan to uncover someone whose fit is well-beyond what you ever could have imagined. Keeping an open mind will often lead you to that “diamond in the rough” scenario.
- Don’t give up too quickly
- Be willing to think out of the box
- Walk away when needed and return with a fresh set of eyes and a different perspective
If you’re interested in more recruiting tips or would like more information on CAI’s Peer Learning Groups, please contact Jennifer at Jennifer.Montalvo@capital.org or 919-431-6093.